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Late Light Isaiah 9:1-4

Late Light

The darkness of our adult life helps us to see the light of God.

At a Glance

Deathbed conversions have long been the stuff of popular lore. Do they really happen? Many observers were intrigued with the possibility that the late "antitheist" Christopher Hitchens had embraced theism in the latter stages of his life. This rumor apparently had no basis in fact. But "late light" does come to some. In today's OT text, we read about light that falls upon people who are in darkness. What can we learn from this?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Presenting the Fly," January 27, 2002, at

Before his death in 2011, Christopher Hitchens, the English-American author, columnist and literary critic, was renowned for his disbelief in God.

Called an atheist by some, Hitchens himself preferred the label "antitheist" -- meaning someone who not only is certain that God does not exist, but who actively opposes the very idea that God exists and those who support the idea. In his...

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